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Health Tip: Warning Signs of an Asthma Attack

Parents should be alert to wheezing and shortness of breath

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(HealthDay News) -- If your child is coughing, wheezing or having trouble breathing, it could mean an asthma attack.

Here's a list of asthma's telltale signs, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Breathing is difficult and faster than usual.
  • Complaints of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
  • Speaking is affected because of the difficulty breathing.
  • Skin color is pale.
  • Level of awareness has decreased.
  • Drawing in of the muscles between the ribs is necessary to breathe.

If your child has these signs and asthma medication can't control them, seek medical help at once.


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